Sony A550 Review
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Specifications
|Price (body only)
(With 18-55mm lens)
|Body material||Plastic exterior|
|Sensor *|| 23.4 x 15.6 mm APS-C Type CMOS Exmor Sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter
14.6 million total pixels
14.2 million effective pixels
|Image sizes *||
|File qualities / formats|| RAW (.ARW)
RAW + JPEG Fine
RAW + JPEG Standard
• JPEG Fine
|Dust reduction|| Charge protection coating on low-pass filter
Sensor-shift dust reduction mechanism
|Lenses|| Sony Alpha lenses
(also compatible with Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses)
|SteadyShot INSIDE|| CCD-Shift 'SteadyShot INSIDE' system
Claimed equivalent to 2.5 – 3.5 steps in shutter speed
|Auto Focus|| TTL CCD line sensors (9-points,with center cross sensor)
EV 0 to 18 (ISO 100) detection range
Predictive focus, Focus Lock
|AF area selection||
Wide AF area
|Focus modes|| Single-shot AF
|• Yes (using built in flash)
• Range approx 1 m - 5 m
|Eye-start AF||Yes, selectable from menu|
Programmed AE (Auto, Flash off, P)
|Scene modes|| Portrait
Auto (ISO 200-1600)
|Metering modes|| Multi-segment (40 segment Honeycomb pattern)
|Metering range|| TTL metering
40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
EV 2 to 20 (Multi-segment / Center-weighted) *
EV 4 to 20 (Spot metering) *
(at ISO 100 with F1.4 lens)
|AE Lock|| AEL button (customizable, hold or single-press)
Half-press shutter release
|AE Bracketing|| Single or continuous bracketing
0.3 or 0.7 EV steps
|Exposure compen.|| -2.0 to +2.0 EV
0.3 EV steps
|Shutter||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter|
|Shutter Speed|| 30 to 1/4000 sec
|Flash X-sync|| 1/160 sec|
|Aperture values||Depends on lens, 0.3 EV steps|
|White balance fine tuning||
|White balance bracketing|| 3 exposures
Hi / Lo level selectable
|Dynamic range optimizer||
|Color space|| sRGB
|Color modes|| Standard
|Image parameters|| Contrast (-3 to +3)
Sharpness (-3 to +3)
Saturation (-3 to +3)
|Noise reduction|| Long exposure for exposures longer than 1 second
• High ISO NR at ISO 1600 or higher
User controllable: On / Off
Eye-level fixed optical glass pentamirror
|Live view (Quick AF Live View) *||
Dedicated live view sensor (pentamirror tilt system)
|Live view (MF Check Live View) *|| Live View with CMOS Exmor sensor
Metering varies according to shooting mode
100% frame coverage
Display: Real-time image adjustment display (White balance, Sunset/ B&W of Creative Style, Exposure Compensation)
Zoom (x7.0/x14.0), Grid line display
|LCD monitor *|| 3.0 TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Auto Brightness Control (auto setting in 2 steps)
Manual setting in 5 steps
|Flash *|| Built-in pop-up flash (manual release)
Metering: ADI, Pre-flash TTL, Manual flash control
Guide number 12 (ISO 100/m)
Angle of coverage 18 mm (35 mm equiv.)*
Flash sync 1/160 sec
|Flash Bracketing||3 exposures in 0.3 and 0.7 EV steps|
|Flash compensation||-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps|
|External flash (optional)|| Sony HVL-F58AM
|Drive modes|| Single-frame
Speed-Priority (shoots with focus and exposure locked)*
Self-timer (10 or 2 sec)
|• Approx 5 fps max (4 fps in Live view)
• Speed- Priority: 7 fps max
RAW: Up to 14 frames
RAW+JPEG: Up to 7 frames
• JPEG (Fine): 32 frames
• JPEG (Standard): 116 frames
|Orientation sensor||Yes, for shooting, playback and control panel display|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mass storage, Multi-LUN or PTP)
|Remote control||• Wired: with optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM|
|Video out||• AV (Selectable NTSC or PAL)
• 'PhotoTV' HD settings applied with BRAVIA.
|Storage|| SD/ SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo / Pro HG Duo
Supports FAT12 / FAT16 / FAT32
|Power|| NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (1650 mAh)
Battery charger included
Optional AC adapter
• Batter life Approx 950 shots with viewfinder, 480 in Live view mode (CIPA standard)
|Vertical grip||• Yes (VG-B50AM)|
|Dimensions||137 x 104 x 84 mm (5.5 x 4.2 x 3.9 in)|
|Weight (body)||No battery: 599 g (1.5lb)|
* changed in comparison to the Sony DSLR A350
- 15 Photographic tests (DR)
- 16 Photographic tests (DR)
- 17 Photographic tests
- 18 Compared to
- 19 Compared to (JPEG)
- 20 Compared to (JPEG)
- 21 Compared to (RAW)
- 22 Compared to (RAW)
- 23 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 24 Compared to (Resolution)
- 25 Compared to (Resolution)
- 26 Kit Lens test
- 27 Conclusion
- 28 Samples
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